I just installed Fedora 34 with the Xfce desktop on a Toshiba laptop(Model: Satellite S50-C) and the wireless hardware does not seem to be working. I have no Wi-Fi connection. The laptop has a built-in Wi-Fi card and I even connected a Netgear use Wi-Fi adapter. But ifconfig -a reports no wireless interface.
Also I attempted to connect a bluetooth device to my laptop, but nothing ever shows up in the devices list it just says searching for devices and I also never see the laptop listed as a device on the device I was trying to connect. The bluetooth service is running and bluetooth is on but it does not seem to work.
I have installed Fedora with the Xfce desktop on an older Toshiba Satellite laptop(C855-S5214) and the built-in Wi-Fi works fine. The older laptop does not have a bluetooth card.
Output of lsusb:
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:8001 Intel Corp. Integrated Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 13d3:5652 IMC Networks TOSHIBA Web Camera - HD
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0846:9052 NetGear, Inc. A6100 AC600 DB Wireless Adapter [Realtek RTL8811AU]
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
I don’t care as much about getting the built-in Wi-Fi card to work as I do about the usb adapter. The built-in card only supports 2.4 Ghz and I need 5 GHz so that is why I have the usb adapter. I have no idea what Bluetooth card I have.
Thanks. You can call me a noob, but I asked this question because I did not know what to look for. Now that I know what I can try my only problem is where do I download the driver from? The webpage that you gave me does not provide a link to any downloads so I have no idea where to get the driver from. The only thing I could find was something for ubuntu.
Yes I saw the links to the other pages, but there were no links to download any drivers. Maybe there was one for the Broadcom adapter, but I need one for my Netgear adapter. I could not find any downloads for the chipset the Netgear adapter uses.
Do you know of any brands of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters that are known to work with Linux?
Your Netgear adapter has a Realtek’s RTL8811AU chip and drivers for it are linked in computersavvy’s link. CSS on that page should be fixed, because links are not underlined, so it’s easy to miss them. Anyway, there are a few possibilities for your card.
As for supported out of the box WiFi adapters, Intel has a good track record, many Qualcomm (they bought Atheros) devices also work fine. It’s best to check support status before buying.
I installed Fedora 34, Workstation, the Gnome Desktop on Dell E6430 laptop which has the INTEL Ultimate-N 6300 Network Controller. Could not get the wireless working and could not find the proper drivers. I wanted to try this out but without wireless, it is a deal breaker.
You might want to start by running this command in a terminal:
sudo dnf list available broadcam*
That will tell you what packages there are. If there are two packages listed, the bt one will be for bluetooth and the wl is for WiFi. If you don’t get any results, make sure you have the rpmfusion repos installed and active as they’re both in rpmfusion-nonfree.